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#1 DMala

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Posted April 07 2003 - 12:26 PM

Went fishing to Graveling Point in Tuckerton last Saturday night, never seen such a dark night before. Between the clouds, lack of moonlight and fog, I could not see the rod tip even while holding the rod myself. Until then I enjoyed being as stealthy as possible, my nightvision is quite good and I felt I could keep an eye on the rod tip without using any lights. Now I think that to have a rod tip light handy would not be a bad idea. Also, I see guys coming to fish next to me with absurd five-million watts fluorescent area lights, sometimes they keep them on all the time, they must have learnt fishing in Las Vegas... when that happens they shut down my night vision and I go blind, can't see fine rod tip movements anymore.
So here is the question: I see guys with these green chemical sticks on their rod tip, which seem quite good. But last Saturday I saw a guy with nice red led lights on top of his rods, they seemed not to bother my eye at all even when staring at them for a long time. Any idea what brand/model could they be? Any red light would do, basically.
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#2 Steve in Mass

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Posted April 07 2003 - 12:32 PM

If I decide I am gonna use one, I just tape one of the green Lunker Lights to the tip with scotch tape, being sure to take time to do it carefully, so as not to foul anything up.
My cousin in Jersey wraps his own rods, and when he does, he runs a wire up thru the blank, and uses one of the red ones you speak of on the tip. He then places a hearing aid battery in the butt (the butt cap is removable), and when he wants the light, just unscrews the butt cap and puts in the battery.
Unfortuntely, his van was broken into in Jersey City last fall (twice!), and they stole all his custom stuff, , so I guess he's had a busy winter wrapping again....


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#3 ScottB

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Posted April 07 2003 - 12:35 PM

"Old Red Eye" lights, made by Breakaway, I think. They come with a plastic piece which needs to be wrapped or taped to your rod tip, which the light then slides onto.



#4 Johnny F

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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:02 PM

The red eyes work great.



#5 JT

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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:11 PM

I use the red eyes as well when I'm bait fishing. I'd tape them on though. I lost one after the little sliding mount thing came unglued from the rod. You should be able to pick them up at any local tackle shop, about $7.



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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:16 PM


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Originally posted by DMala:
Between the clouds, lack of moonlight and fog, I could not see the rod tip even while holding the rod myself.




Silly question perhaps...but if yer holding the rod, why do you need to see the tip? If yer gettin' hits and not feeling them while holding the rod, they are either not likely the good stuff eatin' yer worms...or it's time to ditch the gloves
I've used the RedEye things from Breakaway and they are excellent....except I always seem to lose them
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#7 Jeff Morris

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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:20 PM

Hold your rod and stare into the darkness.
I would definetly hold the rod if its that dark, just thumb it, let em' run abit and then set the hook. Or I guess you could use circle hooks and let them hook themselves.


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#8 DMala

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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:33 PM

TimS wrote:
<<Silly question perhaps...but if yer holding the rod, why do you need to see the tip? >>>>
Tim, I was just trying to quantify how dark it was. Either I hold the rod feeling the line OR I look at the tip while the rod is in a sand spike ....
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Posted April 07 2003 - 1:47 PM

DM -
The 'Red Eye' works good, especially fur' us old timers who can't keep it up like 'em youngsters.
TimS just keeps loosing 'em 'cause he mounts the track on upsidedown. (just kidding)
I mounted the track with thread, like a guide wrapping, and coated with clear nail polish, and have not had a premature launch yet. The lights can be cantankerous at times and I buy replacement batteries at Radio Shack for the best price.
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Posted April 07 2003 - 2:07 PM

i always use these when spiking my bait rods.
tape is the only way to go.



#11 JoeA

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Posted April 07 2003 - 2:17 PM

Redeyes are a great idea, certainly helped my hook rate due to fewer missed hits. The red eyes I got about 4-5 years ago didn't do to well, the wire bent & twisted when the cap was turned so the light didn't always go on (or off). Don't think mine was the breakaway brand though. Never had a problem with the batteries, when one died I just pulled a spare out of one of my hearing aids-a perfect fit
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Posted April 07 2003 - 3:19 PM

THe red lights--saltwater gets to them after a while, so I use the green lights--fish a night and chuck them. Bells have an advantage if its not too windy--you can sit there and BS with friends, wife, whoever, and don't have to be craining your neck. Your ears are always on, but your eyes wander.


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Posted April 07 2003 - 4:07 PM


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Originally posted by lolipop:
THe red lights--saltwater gets to them after a while...




I had one come off on a cast. I could just see it at the edge of the water, caught in a small drop off at the edge of the bar we were on. It stayed on all night. But you are right, after a while they do develop a little rust look inside.



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Posted April 07 2003 - 4:48 PM

I don't need lights.
I use The Force



#15 striper jake

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Posted April 07 2003 - 7:44 PM

i have used the breakaway lights for several years. i just tape it on and it has last 5 yrs at least.